What do you ladies think of Teagan's wish list so far?
I was going to ask for you to share! lol So glad you're sharing. (looking at it now)
never thought about hand puppets!
Every baby needs some puppets!
Up until about 20 minutes ago it had 2 things on it. Wouldn't have been very interesting.
I think that I've got plenty of things on there. I expect maybe 10 families in a addition to my family members. My list contains a range of prices and conveys the kind of toys we'd prefer she had. Not that anyone I know would get her something we'd hate. I don't think I even have to say NO batteries.
lol. I keep taking things off, adding things, readding things, etc.
I'm pretty sure that people are going to try to given Aiden battery toys. Like my mom. :banghead:
Two of his toys' batteries have died recently and I'm considering never replacing them. Just donating them to one of the new moms here who don't mind those things.
there's always someone who will just buy whatever they think is cute and totally ignore the list:p
I figured I'd just give the list link to grandparents and let them work their magic. And if anybody asks, I'll point them in that direction. I don't want a whole lot, so the list is for birthday and christmas both. I was trying to find things that would last and could lead to imaginative play for years. He's already loosing interesting in some of the plastic battery toys we have.
We save up the plastic battery toys for around Christmastime and donate them to shelters and such. I hate them. They never last and honestly my kids have always preferred to use their imagination. DS will pick a wooden airplane over a battery airplane every time!
My SIL who is Clara's godmother is planning something loud and vibrate-y for Clara, but in all fairness I totally did the same thing to her when he oldest was little. It's payback time for me and I guess I deserve it. I figure around Christmas the kids will be sick of it so I'll donate it. I take batteries out of things the kids get. I have no qualms about it either. I make no apologies and DS is already smart enough to know that's just the way it is around here.
We're lucky in that all my local mom friends I've met through the birth center. So, they're all pretty crunchy like me. They're also all pretty practical so won't be offended whatsoever if I distribute Teagan's wish list. I'd much rather know which toys someone already has and what they might like versus taking a stab in the dark. When in doubt, I resort to books because there are so many whereas crunchy mamas tend to gravitate towards the same toys. My family will buy whatever I put on the list. They're not creative enough to think outside the list.
I was just looking through the wish lists. I think I might have to start a wish list for DS and Clara for Christmas based on some of what you guys have on yours. Grady would love the recycle truck! I totally forgot too, we have Click Clack Moo, love that book. If you do get the Down By The Cool Of The Pool book, you have to sing it with enthusiasm like DH does at bedtime for DS. It's hysterical, he (DH) totally gets into that book, it's his favorite!
a guy stopped by our house last MOnday night, during DD1's birthday party. he was selling framed ariel photographs of your house, well, our house. i was really interested but asked him if he'd come back as we were in the middle of a b-day party. he said no problem that he'd be in town til Wednesday. he never showed back up. he had MO plates on his car. i have an ariel framed photo from back in like 1991 of the house. i would really have enjoyed getting an updated one and putting them side by side. i had even thought of where i'd like to put them. now i'm sad cause i didn't get a card or anything from him.
You could print out a pic of your house from Google Earth.
Ooh, I almost forgot Rody! How could I forget Rody?
Christa, how is Clara's diaper rash today?
Do you guys know if Michael's sells food dye in more interesting colors than what I can get at the store? Do you know if their are less icky (artificial) food dyes than the kind I can buy at the store?
it's drying up finally. 2 days of desitin and sposies. today i am running my dipes through about 3 or 4 HOT cycles to try and strip them down. i'm not sure about the Dawn though as I have a front load and I'm afraid that might cause more problems than it solves. no bleach. i only use bleach on my toilets and now with DS pottying i'm not even doing that, i don't like bleach to go near my children.
google earth won't have the resolution to blow it up to the size i want.
You could use Dawn in a big pot on the stove. Get them really hot and then suds suds suds. Couple of rinses in the tub after that should get most of the Dawn out.
No idea about food coloring! I'm thinking about decorating my owl with candies that I can take off of DS's piece. lol.
I'd do hot washes first and see if you have issues after that. If you do, Dawn on the stove with a few diapers to test drive that out.
How does one get an ariel view of your house? Like that random Joe.
Ooh, I almost forgot Rody! How could I forget Rody?
WTH is that?! lol
Ditto! What the heck is that thing?
Christa, is there anything non-toy that will be useful for Aiden next year? When do kids start using plates, cups, and silverware? We have like one small fork and that's it. No kid plates.
It's an inflatable horse thingy. Teagan played on it at the toy store. She loooooved it. There were some older girls (4-5) playing with it too and having a blast.
i would imagine he owns a business that takes a copter and takes ariel pictures of houses and goes around hoping to sell them to the home owners.
We got a bunch of that stuff for my baby shower. I just bought her these. She mostly tries to gouge her eyes out with them. I think kids don't really start to understand dinnerware until closer to 2.
it'll be in the next 6 months or so that he'll probably start needing his own silverware to "play" around with at meals. i don't buy "kids" plates i just buy plastic-y saucer plates on clearance. actually nows the time to look at that stuff as the summer stuff is on it's way out. we don't heat anything on the kids' plates or store anything in the fridge on it, it's just for eating off of.
I don't even give Aiden spoons right now. He hand feeds himself mashed potatoes or we spoon feed him things like yogurt. I have a funny video I should download of my husband trying to eat yogurt. The kid and cat are both all over him wanting their bites too!
I told myself no more plastic stuff for the kitchen ever (and I've done great with that!), but I'm realizing there's no way around it with kids.
the best thing i found for DS was to give him a very safe fork when he was around 18 months old and let him "play" with it. when he got better at the motions i switched it out for a lobster fork. the ones they make for little kids are TERRIBLE! the forks aren't sharp enough for the kids to be able to poke anything with and the spoons do not hold any liquid! i mean, some of those are great to just help them learn the motions but really if they're not getting anything on them what are they actually learning, how to get frustrated and eat with their hands
yep, we just make sure to just use it to place already ready food on it. it works out for us.
The one toddler fork we have is metal. I actually put it in DHs lunches. It has a cute teddy bear on it. Came with my bento boxes.
it was probably around a year to 18 months that we let DS start "playing" with a spoon or fork at supper (a kids one). he'd watch us and try his hardest to mimic it.
we have a metal one too, but the ends are rounded. really, rounded ends on a fork?! i can't even get it to pick up food
for DD1 my mom gave me my old baby silverware. it was just a tinier version of adult silverware, pointy and functioning. i'm sure there's been a recall on it because some kid poked himself with it and got hurt :rolleyes:
we have a metal one too, but the ends are rounded. really, rounded ends on a fork?! i can't even get it to pick up food for DD1 my mom gave me my old baby silverware. it was just a tinier version of adult silverware, pointy and functioning. i'm sure there's been a recall on it because some kid poked himself with it and got hurt :rolleyes:
those are the useful ones! lol.
I think I heard IKEA has child sized metal silverware? We're planning to trip to one soon, so I'll have to check there!
13 posts to go! i've been thinking about my brilliant 5000th post and i think i have it nailed down now
Oh boy. lol
Kids plastic utensils are pretty useless. I give them to T when I'm feeding her something with a spoon so she won't just try to steal mine and throw it on the floor.
Should I even bother with a plastic set then? I have baby spoons I give him to play with, but Mr. Hallow Leg doesn't like them unless there's food involved. lol
Christa, you'd better hurry up and crown yourself. I'm heading out to the cake supply store in a bit here and I don't want to miss it.
Oh boy. lol
we don't have an ikea anywhere around here i don't think. i've never been to one. that's a cute set!
whatcha getting at the cake supply store
I honestly think that by the time a kid is ready to use a fork, they should be past the point where a regular fork is seriously dangerous.
10 to go!
IKEA is 3.5 hours from here. Yes, we're planning a trip for a weekend around IKEA.
They have a large food dye selection and I'm hoping fun cupcake paper thingies.